Fought bravely, tried everything, but hardly any profit: SpVgg Greuther Fürth has to wait for their first home win in the Bundesliga.
The Fürth players hesitantly set out for a round of honor, but they didn’t really want to be celebrated. They had fought bravely, really tried everything – but again they hadn’t won, not even in their 18th home game in their second season in the Bundesliga.
The 1: 1 (0: 1) of SpVgg against a shockingly weak Arminia Bielefeld was one of those games that a promoted player should better win if he wants to keep the class in the end. But the Franks even left their majority unused after a yellow-red card for Alessandro Schöpf (68th).
Greuther Fürth struggles with “two lost points”
“When you see the game, there are two lost points,” said substitute Max Christiansen at Sky, “everyone saw that the three points would have been deserved.” Captain Branimir Hrgota saved with a converted hand penalty (50th, according to video evidence) at least one, the first of the season.
Fabian Klos (“We have clearly different demands”) had brought the terrifyingly bad and only somewhat livelier guests in the second half shortly before the break (45th) after a total blackout of the Fürth defense.
The cloverleaf’s debut in the second season in the Bundesliga was badly unsuccessful with a 1: 5 at VfB Stuttgart. This time coach Stefan Leitl offered Dickson Abiama to attack: The striker from Nigeria had two good chances early on (2nd / 5th), then missed a hundred percent to lead (40th), hit the post (49th) and was indirect involved in the creation of the penalty kick.
Fürths Abiama awards completely free-standing
The Fürth had more possession, but did not know what to do with it. Bielefeld defended robustly and focused, Arminia rarely allowed chances like those of the astonished Abiama, who shot completely free in the 40th minute and with enough time in front of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. It was such a “moment” that Leitl had asked to be used.
In front of 5890 spectators, the Bielefeld team hardly contributed to an attractive game for long stretches. It was only in the second half that Arminia showed the will to complete the goal, for example in the 56th minute when Fürth’s goalkeeper Sascha Burchert steered a shot from Bryan Lasme onto the crossbar.